Apple TV+ has just released the first trailer for its series adaptation of the 2017 novel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It will be eight episodes long and multilingual. The story will be in English, Korean, and Japanese and told in two timelines. The novel by Min Jin Lee begins in the early 1900s in South Korea, with the resilient matriarch Sunja. The second timeline is in the 1980s, centered around Sunja’s grandson Solomon. Youn Yuh-jung will play the older Sunja. Yuh-jung won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 93rd Academy Awards for the film Minari. The cast also includes Lee Min-ho as Hansu, Jin Ha as Solomon, Minha Kim as teenage Sunja, Anna Sawai as Naomi, and more. Soo Hugh wrote, and executive produced the Apple TV+ series adaptation of Pachinko. The first three episodes of the series will premiere on Friday, March 25.
Min Jin Lee Introduced English Speaking Culture to Japanese Korean Culture With Pachinko
Pachinko received critical acclaim from NPR, The Guardian, and The New York Times. The New York Times named it as one of the 10 Best Books of 2017. Min Jin Lee was able to make an engaging and informative historical fiction novel that captivated readers. The Apple TV+ series adaptation of Pachinko will reach an entirely new demographic. The trailer alone shows romance, family drama, and legacy. More importantly, the series adaptation of Pachinko shows a story about people of color. This is a huge step in an American production company showing more diverse stories. Min Jin Lee is also working with screenwriter Alan Yang to make her book Free Food for Millionaires a Netflix series. So it’s not just Apple Inc. that has recognized the importance of Lee’s work. Will Apple TV+ series adaptation do justice to Lee’s novel Pachinko? Critics will have to wait until March to find out.